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My Three Favorite Rare Book Stores in Europe

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.25.2014 | Books
Steve Mariotti

I traveled to Europe a few weeks ago and, for the first time, I didn't attend a conference on youth education, or meet with leading business people on how we can innovate startups worldwide. Instead I explored the opportunities provided by a few select bookstores.

Why Creating Content Trumps Face-to-Face Meetings

Michael D. Simmons | Posted 10.25.2014 | Technology
Michael D. Simmons

What makes this story scary is that it could happen to any us. Our society is quickly moving from the broadcast era to the social media era and viral shaming is just one of the results.

Why LinkedIn Is the Most Powerful Marketing Tool of the 21st Century

Anfernee Chansamooth | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business
Anfernee Chansamooth

LinkedIn is the most powerful marketing tool of the 21st century and there are three main reasons why -- media, partnerships and clients. Before we get into the specifics let me share some background with you.

5 Insider Strategies On How To Grow Your Small Business In Government Contracting

Helen Callier | Posted 10.25.2014 | Small Business
Helen Callier

It is a must-go time for minority businesses to take calculated risks to expand their footprint through government contracting

6 Things That Change When You Become An Entrepreneur

Jose Vasquez | Posted 10.25.2014 | Small Business
Jose Vasquez

Be prepared for major changes to your lifestyle and psyche when you transition from an employee to an entrepreneur.

A Main Street Way to Help Obese People

Don McNay | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"Don't you know things can change Things'll go your way If you can hold on for one more day" -Wilson Phillips I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. ...

Three Ways to Help Your Startup Grow and Flourish

Julia Neumer | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business
Julia Neumer

Congratulations! You've discovered a valuable solution, developed a mission with purpose, implemented a business plan, and now you are running a successful startup.

What the Startup Ideas Behind Product Hunt, Uber, the iPad, and Google All Have in Common

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 10.25.2014 | Technology
Michael B. Fishbein

Some of the of the most successful companies in history started by "doing what's working." "Do what's working" means supplying something (or a variati...

9 Things You've Done That Are Harder Than Starting a Business

Jeff Steinmann | Posted 10.24.2014 | Small Business
Jeff Steinmann

As the world has become more complex, the logistics of exchanging value have become more complicated. But ordinary people do things every day that are way harder. If you've made it through any of these things, you've got what it takes.

3 Reasons Why It Sucks to Be the CEO Of Uber

Gene Marks | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Gene Marks

Kalanick's battles with regulatory authorities, competitors and haters around the world are epic. Don't believe me? Just go ahead and search for news about "Uber."

Inversion Thinking

Nelson Davis | Posted 10.22.2014 | Small Business
Nelson Davis

The world I operate in is that of small to medium sized business enterprises and they aren't thought of in relationship to big international businesses and their issues.

Should Small Businesses Use Automatic Employee Scheduling?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

As a small business owner, it's up to you to decide what's best for your business. But if you are considering an automatic scheduling program, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Innovating Impact: Two Social Entrepreneurs Tackle Critical Issues at Home and Abroad

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Overwhelmingly, these talented fellows represent a growing commitment to fighting social issues like poverty, terrorism, infrastructural collapse, and beyond -- through straightforward, effective means. I was lucky to learn from two of them, and share their stories here.

Why Male Investors Should 'Get' Women-Led Companies

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 10.20.2014 | Small Business
Colleen DeBaise

The world of angels and VCs is still a boy's club, and men apparently tend to invest in other men -- something investor Adam Quinton of Lucas Point Ventures (who actually does invest in women-led companies) calls "unconscious bias."

How to Bulletproof Your Reputation in the Digital Age

Michael D. Simmons | Posted 10.20.2014 | Small Business
Michael D. Simmons

Entrepreneurs who have the courage to authentically share their unique story and the generosity to share their best insights have an amazing opportunity to quickly build a world-class, antifragile reputation.

Keep CALM and Manage On

Erin Daruszka | Posted 10.20.2014 | Business
Erin Daruszka

Recently after a difficult customer interaction a co-worker asked me, "How do you remain so calm?" I was hard pressed to answer that question. But when I thought about it, my response was twofold.

Your Small Business Needs SEO: Here Are 6 Reasons Why

Jonathan Long | Posted 10.20.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

SEO plays such a major role in the online success of a business, contributing to high rankings in the search results as well as helping with the branding of a company as well. Here are six reasons why your business needs SEO.

Young Mother Goes From Working In Jails To Designing Wedding Veils

Posted 08.20.2014 | MarloThomas

"One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

In The Pink: From Pejorative to Positive in Business -- and in Life

Diana Bianchini | Posted 10.19.2014 | Women
Diana Bianchini

Very early on I rejected the color pink. I remember that as a kindergartner I didn't want to dress in pink because my older sister did so. I stubbornl...

Why a Good Business Partner Can Be Bad

Alicia T. Glenn | Posted 10.19.2014 | Business
Alicia T. Glenn

Too often we hear reasons as to why business partners can be bad. If you have an argument, then who gets the business? What if one partner doesn't pull their weight? However, I'm coming from a different perspective.

Fun Read: How to Work With An Accountant

Yun-Fang Juan | Posted 10.19.2014 | Small Business
Yun-Fang Juan

To learn how to make the most out of this relationship, Fundastic interviewed Celina Lam, a CPA with three decades of experience working with small businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here is the Q&A.

The 5 Biggest Small Business Marketing Mistakes

Melinda Emerson | Posted 10.19.2014 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Like many small businesses, it's tough to know how to effectively get your message out to your ideal customer. Regardless of your level of marketing expertise, you can follow this advice to avoid these five biggest small business marketing mistakes.

The Balancing Act: Your 9-5 vs. Your Passion-Based Business

Roshell Rosemond | Posted 10.19.2014 | Business
Roshell Rosemond

Pace yourself. I challenge you to master one of these items every 6 months. On this journey you will learn that "No" is in fact a complete sentence. In order to make room for the things that are really important in your life you will have to become comfortable with saying no.

Time Management for the Self-Employed

Debbe Daley | Posted 10.18.2014 | Small Business
Debbe Daley

If simple everyday work tasks are becoming daunting and difficult to accomplish due to the lack of available time in the day, developing an effective work plan for your business is a necessity.

Green With Envy and the Change of Success

Debbe Daley | Posted 10.18.2014 | Small Business
Debbe Daley

One day you'll look back and realize that your hobby has turned into a thriving business. Others will frown upon your business creation and judge without knowing or understanding how years of hard work and determination prevails.